Night of New Works is coming up next month! You might be wondering: what’s it gonna be like?
Here under the umbrella, we believe together is better, and we live out this value in every step of our process — with our artists and with our audiences. We truly believe that our audience members are our valued collaborators. That’s why we invite you in to experience the messy parts of new play making — the first drafts, the unfinished movement sequences, the big ideas. We want to show you something before it’s finished because we want you to have a voice in the process.
We know that when you see a play — whether it’s a brand new work or an adaptation of Shakespeare on-the-moon-recited-in-pig-latin — you walk out the door with all sorts of questions, thoughts, and ideas. Well this time... we don’t want you to walk out the door with them! We want to know what they are. (No, seriously, we’re really going to listen to your ideas!)
Our audience conversations are not your usual talkback. It’s not about talking to the actors, creators, or directors — though there is always time afterwards for that kind of thing! We want to know what you think, so we ask you the questions to get those wheels turning:
The goal is to invite the most interesting, resonant, delightful, and/or important elements to bubble to the surface to help us shape the next steps of the piece. (AND... something you suggest might make its way into a full production of the play — who knows!) Your answers also give us a lot to think about as we continue to make work that inspires vital conversation in the future.
We also want to stress that our audience conversations are extrovert and introvert-friendly. We invite you to participate in whatever ways are most comfortable to you. We always start out by saying silence is okay because thinking and processing time are important. If speaking up in a group of people is totally not your thing, we welcome you to listen and provide feedback on the surveys we provide. You can also always email us at email@example.com if you have another burning question or brilliant thought after you leave the workshop!
You might be thinking — but, I won’t have any good ideas! To that we say: #1. we think you’re wrong and you have lots of very creative questions and ideas, and #2. we think even the most “Minnesotan” audience member will be surprised by their own courage to share. Join us and see for yourself!
All of this is to say that when you attend any evening of Night of New Works in September, you’ll be treated to three brand new works-in-progress that need your creativity and support. They will be fresh, raw, and rough-around-the-edges by design, and we can’t wait to add your voice to the mix.
As Rachel Teagle of MN Playlist said last year:
“If making a play is like cooking a meal, the Night of New Works was like having the chef offer you a tasting spoon. Some flavors aren’t fully developed, maybe something could use a bit more mixing, but you really get a sense of what these works could be when they’re done simmering. And I’m hungry for more."
Come hungry for some new work and conversation. See you under the umbrella!
Experience three new works created by Beth Ann Powers, Ricardo Beaird, Suzanne Cross, Jex Arzayus, Sabrina Crews, and Steven Michael Hall. All three pieces performed each night.
September 10 - 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater
810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Sliding Scale Tickets: $5 - $20